As a connoisseur of good coffee, it is sometimes difficult to make an enjoyable brew at home. You have to get involved in the grinding and water temperature and steeping for precisely 2.45 minutes (and this can be tedious). Yes, I do have a French press, but sometimes I just want the luxury of an espresso, flat white, latte or macchiato without the fuss. To this end I purchased a Nespresso machine. I had used one at several hotels across the world, sometimes when I really needed a strong coffee and double quick. The quality of the capsules you use is crucial. I have found through bitter experience that cheap is not good, and for good coffee use good quality capsules.
The Belmio Classic collection of 50 capsules is a fantastic find, giving a range of coffee blends to suit all eventualities.
Belmio Classic Collection
The Belmio Collection has five different blends to suit breakfast, dinner and social coffee drinking. Oh, and yes you can tell the difference! The strength increases from Origio (5), Allegro (6) Largo (7), Intenso (8) and Resoluto (9).
The Resoluto, a blend of Arabic and Robusta beans is an out and out espresso blend with caramel notes and perfect for ristretto or espresso. The Origio and Allegro are my breakfast favourites from the Belmio Collection. Largo and Intenso are my coffees of choice for milky sharing drinks. Largo (a Central Americas Arabica) with its fruity overtones is great for a cappuccino or lungo. Intenso with its rich chocolatey notes is perfect to produce the perfect mocha drink.
The Belmio Advantage
Of course, you can choose the coffee you like and buy just the one capsule type. But I like to try different blends to suit the occasion or my mood.
Belmio provides the best blends of beans grown at altitude for low acidity and the finest flavour. The capsules are aluminium, which provides the best protection and longest shelf life for the coffee.
Nespresso machines use the exact flow and pressure that the Belmio capsules require for optimum brewing. Ultimately all of these coffee blends have well-balanced flavour, a full-bodied taste and each produces a unique character coffee to please your palate.